Tess McEnery

Executive Director


Anticorruption · Authoritarianism · Conflict Prevention · Democratic Backsliding · Disability Rights · Elections · Fragile States · Gender Equality · Human Rights · National Security · Political Transitions · Stabilization · U.S. Foreign Aid · U.S. Foreign Policy

Tess McEnery is POMED’s Executive Director. Ms. McEnery has dedicated her career to standing up for a U.S. foreign policy that advances democracy, protects civic space, and defends universal human rights. She has significant expertise working on conflict prevention, stabilization, fragile states, elections, political transitions, and the strategic use of foreign assistance and foreign policy. Ms. McEnery served two tours as a Director for Democracy and Human Rights at the White House National Security Council. At the State Department, she led a Global Democracy and Human Rights Policy Team and served as a Senior Conflict Prevention Advisor. Ms. McEnery began her career at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed some of USAID’s largest foreign assistance mechanisms and pioneered the agency’s electoral security initiative. Ms. McEnery received her Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Guilford College.

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